|The Secret Garden (A Little Golden Book) by Frances Gilbert, based on the novel by|
Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Brigette Barrager. Golden Books, 2017.
I ordered a book for myself this week! Yes, it's a Little Golden Book. It will sit proudly on my old cast-off LGB spinner rack.
(Because deep down, I am still a small child.)
The girls and I love Brigette Barrager's illustrations. Little Sis, my unicorn-loving artist, especially adores Uni the Unicorn and Florabelle. Meanwhile, I have a soft spot for The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel about surly, spoiled Mary, newly orphaned in India, sent to live at her uncle's Yorkshire estate. A mysterious uncle, a boy who talks to animals, a sickly cousin, a secret garden?! It's been a favorite of mine since I was 10 years old.
So when Brigette Barrager began posting illustrations from a new Little Golden Book version of The Secret Garden on her Instagram, I raced to the computer to pre-order it!
Storywise, most of the main plot points of the novel are there. We meet Mary on a boat bound for England. (As it is a book meant for small children, the nastier aspects of Mary's life in colonial India are omitted.)
(I love Mary's surly face!)
I took a few pics with my cell phone today, planning to post some on Instagram. Strangely, after I finished (but before I posted), I took a time-out to flip through the channels on SlingTV. Landing on TCM, what should be on but the 1949 B&W movie version, starring Margaret O'Brien as Mary and Dean Stockwell as Colin! It made for a nice distraction for the afternoon. Between headaches, grey but snowless weather, and sickening politics, cozying up for a movie with a couple of cats and my dog was just what I needed!
(I need a new camera lens, stat. The book is much prettier than my humble photos make it out to be.)
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